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Mustangs' win packs twice the punch with Van Ettens

Mitchell’s Megan Van Etten lines up a putt during the Sunshine Athletic Conference Tournament. She won her second straight title as the Mustangs earned the team victory.

IZZY GOULD | Times

Mitchell’s Megan Van Etten lines up a putt during the Sunshine Athletic Conference Tournament. She won her second straight title as the Mustangs earned the team victory.

HUDSON — This was one of those rare rounds of golf the sisters were split up.

Megan Van Etten played one hole ahead of younger sister Rebecca. With each step between tees or down fairways, Megan wondered how her sister was playing.

On paper, they are each other's most serious competition and Mitchell's top golfers. But they always encourage the other to do well.

Once Megan settled down at Monday's Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament, it was the tutoring she received from her father, Roger, two weeks ago that made the difference.

Megan was sharp with her short game, using it to cruise to 7-under par 63 for her second consecutive SAC title. Rebecca had the second-best finish with 3-under 67. Together, they led Mitchell to the Mustangs' fourth SAC title under coach Joe Castellano with a tournament-low 308.

Zephyrhills finished second with 340 followed by River Ridge (378), Gulf (388), Pasco (411), Wiregrass Ranch (421), Sunlake (450), Ridgewood (456), Land O'Lakes (490) and Hudson (no score).

"Anytime you win your conference that's what you set out to do at the beginning of the year," Castellano said. "You never know what you're going to have in terms of competition when the season starts."

Mitchell has not sent a team to state since 2004. That could change this season. The Mustangs will return to Meadow Oaks for next week's district tournament, then host their region tournament.

Mitchell's Kristen Pitts (88) and Victoria Kinney (90) rounded out the four scores to count toward the conference crown.

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